Whelan urges Leeds to make Gayle move

Leeds United
West Brom caretaker manager Jimmy Shan hailed striker Dwight Gayle after his brace in the 3-2 Sky Bet Championship win over Hull.

Former Leeds striker Noel Whelan believes the Whites' promotion push would be boosted massively by the arrival of Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle.

Whelan, who played for Leeds’ senior side from 1993-1995, has been discussing the current state of the club and the chances of securing promotion to the Premier League this season.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who lost in the play-offs in the 2018/19 campaign, have won six of their opening 11 Championship games to sit fifth in the standings, just two points behind table-toppers West Bromwich Albion.

Owner Andrea Radrizzani recently revealed he is in talks with three parties about investing in the club, which has brought about the possibility of more money being available to spend in January.

Whelan has been speaking about who Leeds should add to their squad in January and he has urged the Whites to secure a loan deal for Gayle, who is a proven goalscorer at Championship level and netted 23 league goals while on loan at the Baggies last season.

He told Football Insider: “I’m thinking a loan deal for someone like Dwight Gayle. He’d be perfect for us, a proven striker who could well be available and who has a brilliant record in the Championship.”

Gayle is yet to make an appearance for Newcastle this season, having been on the treatment table for past few months, and a loan exit in January could be exactly what he needs to get his season back on track.

Steve Bruce already has club-record signing Joelinton and Andy Carroll, who returned to St James’ Park on a free this summer, to choose from in attack, leaving Gayle third in the pecking order at the moment.